The B2 first for schools (previously FCE) is a 4-week summer academic course designed for school-age learners rather than adults. The course has a specific start and finish date so that students can take the final examination at the end of the course.
The course timetable is designed to match with the Summer Vacation schedule so that all students participating on this course can experience the junior vacation activities with other international students.
On the last Saturday students must take the examination instead of participating on the full day excursion. A BLC International activity leader will take all B2 First students to the examination centre. After taking the examination, any students who have passed are sent a final Cambridge accredited examination certificate.
A B2 First for Schools qualification shows that students can:
- communicate effectively face to face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
- write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view
- follow the news
- write letters, reports, stories and lots of other types of text
What is safeguarding?
It is a set of policies and procedures to ensure that students aged under 18 are always kept safe and out of harm.
In the UK, safeguarding includes:
DBS: This is a system where all adults who have contact with children undergo a criminal background check.
Staff ratios: Every activity is assessed to ensure that there is enough adult supervision to guarantee the safety of the children which may vary according to the age of the students.
Risk assessments: All aspects of our junior programmes undergo an annual health and safety check. We look at all aspects of our courses including the buildings, outside space, fire procedures, safety and the way their activities and trips are organised and run, unsupervised out of class time, external venues attended by their students etc.
Policies: BLC International has its own carefully devised guidelines which parents can access here and are welcome to ask to see these if they are wish on site or via email.
Training: BLC International regularly trains our staff with regards to safeguarding and health & safety to ensure safety and best practice.
E-Safety: Under British law all organisations working with children must have filters to protect children from inappropriate online material and teach students what to do if they are worried about the content or online requests.
How to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Jamie Gray email@example.com is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at Brighton Language College International.
The role of the DSL was specified in the Children Act 2004. Our DSL has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day to day basis. All students are introduced to Jamie on Day 1 and given contact details when booking the course. All staff and homestay providers also have this information.